For someone who has nor fear of competition to be surfing around at quarter to one in the morning , trying to dig up dirt and posting what can only be described as a shoddy and cynical attempt at a personal attack to try and discredit my company and I is quite interesting not to mention sad.
In "retrospect", I think my original posting has done a great deal of good if all it has achieved is to expose you as a perpetrator of this kind of thing to the readers of this forum and indeed our industry.
Half of me wanted to simply ignore you but the other half dictates I defend myself for the sake of my company, my colleagues and our many, many customers.
I was a Wi-Surf customer for 2 years, and my location was also a Wi-Surf relay station - so I have some knowledge of the chain of events that led to PR-F literally shutting up shop, disappearing, and not answering phone calls
So let me put you right about events in Spain.
The post you found and linked to, as people will see relates to events in 2006. The comments are, unfortunately, extremely ill informed.
Wi-Surf, which was indeed started by myself and was built into one of Spain's earliest, successful WISP's, providing services to users across urbanisations from Murcia to Valencia.
At that time, thousands upon thousands of ex-pats and Spaniards lived in Urbanisations that we're literally years away from getting basic copper telephone lines, let alone any Broadband. We provided a robust and successful solution for them by bringing in Satellite Internet and distributing the service to individual users via WIFI networks.
I an in agreement with what Peter says. In 2004 Spain was in catch-up mode. Telefonica was the predominant landline /internet service provider, did whatever it wanted, and took no notice of customer needs. Many urbanisations' and locations such as the Jalon valley would not allow overhead lines and laying in undergound cabling was cost-prohibitive. Wi-Surf stood out as the optimum system provider and for the main, was a good service.
We used the right and best technology for the situation and had hundreds upon hundreds of very satisfied customers who otherwise would have been completely disconnected from the outside world, families overseas etc.
The bit I've bolded; not true. There were loads of cafes and wifi locations where one could "communicate"; In our location Denia had numerous locations, Moraira had about 6 locations and Javea hadseveral and a postal shop where you could cable up your own laptop if you so wished. A bit of pain but to use them but to say "completely disconnected
" is not true
In fact, one of our customers was so happy, he has bought into CommunityUK and works with us now!
I don't doubt what you say but I was friends with a few of your employees (we both went to the wedding blessing and reception for Carrie and Wayne in the Paramour in Javea - remember?) I was aware that when you did the moonlight flit from your offices in Benitachell several employees did not get paid!
Unfortunately, in early 2006, the company's Satellite Internet Service Provider Aramiska suddenly and without warning collaped and their service was cut off. As I am sure readers will understand, this had nothing to do with little old Wi-Surf not paying it's bills, which NEVER was the case. Their collapse was a huge blow to us and many others.
I don't buy all of this. I know that you reduced the Aramiiska sevice levels About 4:40 on a Friday afternoon then the sevice would start to "panic"; 404 errors would start and then the system degraded and went offline. Your support desk was closed and no way to contact until Monday. Miraculously at about 8:50 Monday morning it all came back. As we were a relay station then I could plug into the kit and see the status - it was disconnected - so you were cutting the 7day a week service down to 5 days as a cost cutting exercise.
See Keith's blog where he confirms that Wi-Surf weren't paying Aramiska bills and so your service was disconnected
After many frantic weeks of searching for a new service which could replace Aramiska and the hundreds of dead satellite dishes we had out there, we were about to sign a deal with a Spanish supplier when a company called Ouranos announced their takeover of Aramiska's assets and service and switched us back on.
You didn't really communicate any information to the use base. Once the "system" was down; and whether this was because Aramiska had cut you off or due to their demise I don't know, then for maybe 5 weeks we got the text messages from you " Bear with us for a few days and sevice will be restored' hang on a bit longer" and then the texts stopped. I was with you in your office one afternoon and you demo'ed the 2 wi phones to me; by the following morning you had done a runner further south.
Hurrah we thought! Although this awful time had cost our customers a lost connection and Wi-Surf thousands in lost revenue, at least we were back up and running, our customers on-line again and money saved not having to replace all those satellite dishes.
Once the system was down it never came back - on the money front you owe me 600Euros; including 80 E's for changing the propert locks as you had a set of keys to access for relay management
Then around July/August 2006 for personal reasons surrounding the serious illness of my wife (she later died), I agreed to sell out my shareholding to the investor mentioned in the article and leave Wi-Surf to concentrate more on my family.
Peter, I was aware of your loss at the time and I know how much you loved, doted, and wrote poems to her; words don't really help but I was sorry for you
This was publicly announced in the English Newspapers there and can be absolutely verified by many individuals if required regardless of any unfounded and indeed strange statements to the contrary.
Unfortunately for the investor and Wi-Surf's customers, Ouranos were short lived and the company suddenly ceased to provide services (and even speak to its customers!) in September 2006
Again this event was NOTHING to do with Wi-Surf not paying bills!!.
Regardless of what you say you did a runner from Benitachell, made no communication with the user base and left "hundreds and hundreds" of peope who had paid you for a service that you walked, no you ran, away from. For this reason then you are a DESPICABLE person. You looked at setting up with McClure further south, and in your doing arunner you forgot to close the Wi-Surf forum which was a valuable tool for me and others that you stole money from to communicate and share information and our experiences
As I have stated, by the time this had happened I had already left Wi-Surf and had no control whatsoever over these events or how Wi-Surf dealt with them.
You ran away from your responsibilities to your Wi-Surf customer base ; closed the office; no communication; and several staff not paid.
They had already shut our original offices down, moved them to a location far away and had let most of the original staff go. Again this can be independently corroborated if required.
Go on then; corrobate. I saw you in your offices and the following morning the office was stripped and bare. Don't tell me that the the Irish Clear Comms guy is your reference cos if you do I can post emails from him dissassociating himself from Wi-Surf.
In fact, I ended up loosing a lot of money though the non-payment of agreed funds by the other shareholder, which ended up causing huge distress to my already very distressed family.
Your familly doesn't come into the equation. It's your risk in the business world re your P&L. What you did was to run away from your obligations to your customers with no contact. Nada - one second you were there and the next you had disappeared.
So, in summary, I had actually created a fully operational and very successful WISP (technically and commercially) in a very difficult (technically and commercially) environment in Spain. A real accomplishment in my own or anybody reasonable's book.
I agree; but you had dependencies to 3rd parties and didn't appear to have any contingency, or risk management plan in the event of problems.So maybe not such a "good" accomplishment
The fact that two extremely unfortunate and wholly unexpected events damaged the company cannot be attributed to me, my expertise or my integrity in any way whatsoever - especially as I was no longer with the company at the time the second event happened.
I say again "You ran away" - so the song "When the going gets tough, the tough get going" applies. You have the monies from hundreds of people (including me) who paid you for a sevice that you a) failed to deliver and b) you failed to return monies paid.
Hopefully, this allays any fears your again nefarious attempt at discrediting my company and I has caused others.
As to your other comments, I cannot be bothered and the proof of the pudding is already in the eating, a fact you so conveniently continue to ignore.
My apologies to other readers for having to witness this but I hope you now get a good feel for who are the "good guys" here as a result.
Not at all. I'm happy to put the record straight